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Old 28th May 2020, 09:08
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History of GKA Book

At long last my book about the history of GKA has been published and will be available for purchase in the next few weeks. Running to 320 pages, it contains details of the station's development from its beginnings at Devizes in 1920 to closure in 2000. The war years are covered in detail along with the expansion of the station in the 1940s and 1980s. Many recollections of staff and sea-going R/Os are included, along with a chapter describing life at the station. Many of the 'characters' are fondly remembered. Annexes with brief details of the associated transmitting and receiving stations are appended, as well as a history of the morse keys used at the station.

The book will retail at 9.99 and will be available from Amazon and other online retailers, and signed/dedicated copies will also be available via the GKA website as soon as they arrive. Postage and packing will need to be added for website orders but this price will be kept to a minimum.

As soon as I am able to take payment I will let everyone know.

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Old 28th May 2020, 14:16
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Excellent news Larry. I will certainly be purchasing a copy. I would imagine a lot of ROA members would be interested as well. If you send me details when you have them I will arrange to have information published in the next QSO in September.
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Old 28th May 2020, 15:18
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Hi Tony,

Yes of course, I will let the ROA know as soon as the book is available to purchase. I would anticipate this to be around 3 weeks or so, depending on the publishing schedule.

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Old 29th May 2020, 15:24
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Well done Larry. I will publish your short article on the station in my CW club magazine in Autumn this year. I'm looking forward to reading the book.
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Old 31st May 2020, 12:48
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Been advised this morning that the book is currently #1 in the Amazon Best-Selling Charts in the Telecommunications Genre - just on pre-orders. Waterstones are now stocking the book as well, again taking pre-orders. I am waiting for my own personal stock to arrive and then I will start taking orders for signed copies.

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Old 31st May 2020, 19:48
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Will there be a digitised version audio/visual?
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Old 31st May 2020, 21:09
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Will there be a digitised version audio/visual?
No plans at the moment - possibly an e-book or Kindle version in the future dependent on sales. Could do an audio book myself if you could handle my broad Bristolian accent.....

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Old 1st June 2020, 00:28
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Perhaps those Western dialectical tones would be muted in a Morse version?
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No plans at the moment - possibly an e-book or Kindle version in the future dependent on sales. Could do an audio book myself if you could handle my broad Bristolian accent.....

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Ha ha. I got out of town quick when I realised I could say "What bist ee doin' yerr?" without closing my mouth and without realising I was saying it! Obviously, I'd been there too long! Funny thing though, I've been in Australia for donkeys years and still can't say "G'Day" properly.

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...Could do an audio book myself if you could handle my broad Bristolian accent.....+
Now that certainly would be worth paying for!
Audio not the problem and will defo buy the book but was thinking more down the lines of something in pdf format for pc magnification.
Well done on the super effort..
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Ordered! Delivery in about 3 weeks.
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John T. Look at ee looking at I. or How bist.
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John T. Look at ee looking at I. or How bist.
Ha ha. You can take the boy out of Bristol but you can't take Bristol out of the boy, John. You should see what they've done to the Hatchet!

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Just ordered a copy, had to wait a bit, got QRY 23 (just joking.)
Thanks Larry, should be a good bit of nostalgia.
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just ordered a copy, had to wait a bit, got qry 23 (just joking.)
thanks larry, should be a good bit of nostalgia.
qry 23. vg!
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Ha ha. You can take the boy out of Bristol but you can't take Bristol out of the boy, John. You should see what they've done to the Hatchet!

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Have you been back there sniffing the barmaids apron? Last time I was in there was Jan 1954. What have they done to it, made it into a GIRLY BAR, with low tables and high chairs.
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Have you been back there sniffing the barmaids apron? Last time I was in there was Jan 1954. What have they done to it, made it into a GIRLY BAR, with low tables and high chairs.
Was there about 4 years ago, John. The only thing that remains the same is the front door. You'd take your mother there now, I did. Oh no, hang on that was my wife.

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Is GKA a sort of a Call Centre?
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Was there about 4 years ago, John. The only thing that remains the same is the front door. You'd take your mother there now, I did. Oh no, hang on that was my wife.

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At least she got to see another (Little Piece of History)
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At least she got to see another (Little Piece of History)
Ha ha. She wouldn't have liked it how it was but I thought it was hilarious. Long John silver wrote the book!

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That would be Long Dong Silver.
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Come to think of it, Yes it was, but a very posh one.
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I was going to put E-S out of his misery as well. But then I thought a bit of misery would do him good!
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Misery is my middle name.
Well until my very good Local opens.

PS. After four and a half months at sea GKA was my best friend and Marconi Sabih was his representative on earth. "Are we on the traffic list?"

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I once sailed with a Captain who had a pad of Received Marconigram forms in his desk drawer.
He occasionally would type out a "received" message and leave it on his desk for the 2nd steward to read and hence start a rumour running.
After being advised by the 2nd steward one day that we had orders to discharge not in NW Europe but N America I had a chat with the mate who covertly removed the pad from the desk drawer and I locked all my forms away.
Nothing was ever mentioned .........
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